The Hazards of Plastic, Net Wrap and Twines
Heather Smith Thomas
Cattle, especially young ones, are curious and like to chew on anything within reach. They may eat baling twines, plastic bags and other debris that ends up in their pen or pasture. The strange material may taste or smell interesting, so the animals chomp it down.
Corn and Feeder Cattle Price Relationship
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Historically feeder cattle prices have been determined by several factors, with corn price and fed-cattle price having the greatest impact. The corn price has typically had an inverse relationship to both fed and feeder cattle prices. This means, as the price of corn increases, the price of feeder cattle decreases.
Replacement Heifers: Raise ’em or Buy ’em
Angus Beef Bulletin
Deciding whether to raise or buy replacement heifers is never an easy decision, and the answer isn’t the same for every operation. Scott Brown, University of Missouri (MU) assistant extension professor, says the decision fluctuates according to the cattle cycle.
Nitrates, nitrites and dead cows
Nitrate poisoning – we have all heard the term and we have all heard the stories of cows that seem perfectly healthy one minute and are down the next. In this article we will discuss scenarios that can lead to potential nitrate poisoning and how to handle forages with high nitrates once you have identified them.
Feeding Quality Forum Challenges Norms
If you think you have the cattle feeding business all figured out, you’re probably mistaken. That’s according to speakers at the Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas, last week. The experts addressed what they “used to know” that’s no longer so.
Lice aren’t nice; protect your cowherd and your business
Cooler weather brings with it a greater risk of lice, which are more prevalent in colder months. Left uncontrolled, lice can cause problems in your herd and may even impact your bottom line. In fact, the USDA estimates that livestock producers collectively lose $125 million per year to lice.
Increased reports of fatal renal disease in Iowa feedlots
Brownfield AG Network
Increased cases of fatal renal damage—kidney failure—are being reported in Iowa cattle feedlots. Iowa State University veterinary toxicologist Dr. Steve Ensley says the first cases started showing up about a year ago.
New Web Page to Focus on Beef Education
American Farm Bureau
For the past two years, the American Farm Bureau Foundation has been partnering with the Beef Checkoff to put together beef education resources. The Foundation will be adding a new website to go with those materials. Chad Smith has more.
SDSU to unveil new cow-calf research barn
Tri State Neighbor
South Dakota State University will host the grand opening for its Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility Friday, Sept. 16 with tours starting at 5 p.m. and a program and dedication at 6 p.m., along with a chuck wagon barbecue and live entertainment.